I like to feel fresh and confident during the hot summer months, but hate worrying about synthetic ingredients. With consumer awareness growing to avoid nasty chemicals on our sensitive underarms, natural deodorants have become one of the most desired personal care products. While there have been lots of "natural" options on the market over the years, many popular brands are now manufactured by larger umbrella companies that might not have your ethics at heart. Thankfully, there are herbal ingredients that really work! While not antiperspirants – because sweating is actually healthy for us – some botanical ingredients can help you feel secure in any temperature by deterring the growth of heat-thriving underarm bacteria. That's what inspired me to create a recipe for a solid deodorant that I love many moons ago! My new liquid roll-on recipe below […]
This stunning Turmeric Chai is the latest in our line of organic chai blends. Handcrafted by our tea experts, this chai is wonderfully warming from the synergy of aromatic roots and spices, and we can’t wait for you to experience its delicious flavor and beautiful golden brew! Turmeric has been riding a wave of popularity in the world of natural products, but it has been enjoyed in India for its benefits since ancient times. Many of the valuable properties turmeric offers have been attributed to curcumin, a group of antioxidant compounds found in the rhizome. The root has a brilliant orange color and becomes very hard when dried. It is distinct and fragrant with a scent that is mildly hot […]
We've received so many requests from customers over the years for an organic refined shea butter that lacks the distinct nutty odor of the unrefined shea butter we offer. Still looking for a more neutral option? Your pleas have been heard! We are happy to introduce this luxurious organic and Fair Trade certified refined Shea butter to our line of body butters. This opulent shea butter is expeller pressed, refined, and naturally deodorized. Shea butter has been used for centuries in Africa to hydrate and protect the skin when exposed to extreme elements. Shea butter naturally contains vitamins A and E as well as essential fatty acids. In addition, shea butter offers a low level of UV protection (approximately SPF-6) and may be incorporated into natural skin care recipes. It's also wonderful to […]
Nettle (Urtica spp.) is one of my all-time favorite herbs. Yep, that weedy plant that stings! This nutritious botanical can be cooked, steamed, baked, pickled, brewed into tea or beer, and it can even be made into hemp-like rope, woven into fabric, and used as a natural dye. Stinging nettle grows wild throughout North America and Canada. They usually grow in the same places every year, so once you find a good stand, you can return to it every year or grow it in your garden. Look for nettles in rich soil and partially shaded areas, often in moist forests, along rivers, and in disturbed areas. It’s important to harvest the plants from clean and unpolluted areas, not in industrial or agricultural areas, roadsides, or […]
We are absolutely in love with our new Tropical Guayusa tea blend! The lush notes of coconut and lemongrass have us all feeling transported to paradise. Guayusa is the dried leaves and stems of a South American rainforest holly that’s a close botanical relative to the more well-known Yerba Mate. A tall tree native to the Upper Amazon, Guayusa has only rarely been collected by botanists and is known almost exclusively as a cultivated plant. Indigenous hunters often make an infusion of Guayusa leaves to help keep them awake and alert. There’s also anthropological evidence that this herb may have been traded, as famous Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes found a 1500-year-old bundle of guayusa leaves in a shaman’s tomb […]
In celebration of Herb Day, we've created this free herbal medicine making e-book as our gift to you! Learn to craft tinctures, infused oils, herbal vinegars, salves, mushroom extracts, and more with this gorgeous guide. Soon you will be well-stocked with herbal goodness! To make it super easy for you to find the supplies you need, we've included links to all of the ingredients, tools, and container options within these recipes. Simply click on the listed supplies to find that item in our shop. We hope you enjoy the e-book and feel inspired to create these botanical formulas for your very own home apothecary. Let's honor and celebrate the plants growing all around us… Click here to view our free e-book!